Are you having trouble moving around because of hip pain?  Are you having difficulty walking up or down stairs?  Is it painful to turn your body on the bed?  Hip pain is a common complaint that can arise from a myriad of conditions ranging in levels of severity and complexity.  The hip is also an area where pain can be felt that is generated from distant sources (referred pain).  Hip pain can be very painful and cause a lot of your daily activities to be very challenging.  However, the good news with hip pain is that often times these problems are easily treatable.

Common Causes of Hip Pain

There are many reasons that can be causing your hip pain; one of the most common is referred pain coming from the back.  In older individuals osteoarthritis of the hip joint is a problem that affects 25% of women and 15% of men over the ages of 60.  Osteoarthritis is the most common disease affecting the hip joint.  Other factors that can predispose you to osteoarthritic changes are prior incidents of trauma such as fracture or dislocation, family history of this disease, obesity, or other diseases affecting the joint.  Muscles and ligaments of the hip joint can become sprained or strained and cause sudden intense pain.  The joint itself can become fixated or restricted, which causes a decrease of range of motion and function, which can affect your daily activities and movement patterns.

Treatment of Hip Pain

There are many different avenues to take when it comes to treating hip pain.  Traditionally some patients take medications for pain relief, while others will opt for surgery to address the problem.  Still, more and more patients are turning to alternative treatments addressing a more natural and holistic approach such as chiropractic and physical therapy.  When joints of the spine or extremities are fixated the nerves become irritated sparking an inflammatory response and pain begins to set in.  Chiropractic care specializes in restoring proper joint and nerve function through various manipulation techniques.  Chiropractic care is much more than just manipulation however, at Mountain View Pain Center we incorporate techniques such as Graston, myofascial release technique, functional movement screening, and various physical therapy modalities and exercises coupled to fit your specific problem.  Our team of chiropractors will take you through an extensive evaluation to determine the proper diagnosis of your complaint. Please feel free to contact us at one of our offices and we will be more thank happy to answer any questions you might have.

With the NFL continuing into the playoffs, many of us are sitting by watching the injury reports to see which of our favorite players may or may not be participating in this week’s games. Even what many consider a minor injury such as a spasm, sprain, or strain can keep a player from performing to the best of their abilities, or even being able to participate at all.  Sprains and strains are two of the most common types of soft tissue injuries.

To provide a better understanding of how these injuries can affect the body, let’s have a quick look at the body’s musculoskeletal system. The skeletal system is made up by the bones in your body, which form your skeleton.  The skeletal system provides for your body’s shape and also protects your vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain. The muscles that move your body are attached to the bone with tendons. The contraction of the muscle provides the ability for you to move your bones at the joints. The joints are held together with the connections of the muscles and ligaments. The ligaments are made up of a fibrous tissue which attaches a bone to another bone.

Spasms, sprains, and strains have very similar symptoms such as pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion, and they all involve soft tissue, but they are each a very different type of injury.

Spasm – A spasm is an involuntary contraction of muscle. This can occur suddenly, due to trauma, and can eventually lead to a chronic spasm, which will shorten the muscle over time. A muscle which has shortened overtime has decreased range of motion, and an increased risk for re-injury.

Sprain – A sprain happens when a ligament is stretched beyond its normal length, which causes a stretching, weakening, or possible tearing of the ligament.  Sprains can occur at any joint in the body, as they all have a ligamentous component, and  the most common joint sprained is the ankle.

Strain – A sprain is an overstretched ligament, where a strain is an overstretched muscle or tendon. This is most commonly referred to as a ‘pulled’ muscle or tendon.

Causes and Symptoms of Muscle Spasm’s Sprians and Strains

The symptoms for these three injuries are relatively similar, but have some distinctions:

Spasm- A muscle spasm can occur from an acute injury or prolonged contraction due to chronic muscle imbalance. What we see mostly in sports is a short painful muscle contraction due to overuse.  The symptoms of the muscle spasm may feel different depending on which muscle in the body is affected. For example, a spasm in the cervical musculature may be interpreted as a headache, and a spasm in the pectorals or chest muscle can be interpreted as a tightness or deep chest pain.  The most common symptoms of a skeletal muscle spasm are pain, tightness, and decreased range of motion, and many muscle spasms can be palpated (felt) through light touch. The musculature affected by the spasm will often feel like a lump or ball in the muscle, will often be tender to the touch, and may produce radiating pains, similar to what you experience with a trigger point.

Strain- A strain is generally caused by an acute injury to the muscle due to overuse or a trauma. The strains can vary from minor, which will not keep you out of much physical activity, to a tear, which can keep you out for usually around 6 weeks. Most common symptoms of a muscle strain are pain and swelling. You could also experience bruising to the area of injury, pain while resting, or pain while moving the injured muscle.

Sprain- A sprain is almost always caused from an acute injury. The most common sprain is a lateral ankle sprain, also referred to as rolling the ankle. Sprains can range from a minor stretch or inflammation of the ligament to a full blown tear. A complete tear through the ligament will cause major instability and will require surgery. The ankle sprains we most commonly see in football come from lineman rolling over on another player’s foot, or from a running back being tackled. The most common sprain in a quarterback or receiver is an AC joint sprain. This can happen while throwing, or falling to the ground – jarring the shoulder from a tackle.  Depending on the severity and location of the sprain, the treatment can last from two weeks to more than six. For more on the specifics of ankle, shoulder and knee sprains, check out our previous articles on ( The most common symptoms of a sprain are localized pain, decreased range of motion, inability to bear weight on injured joint, and instability of joint. If a sprain is not properly cared for, you run the risk of chronic sprains to that joint, along with future pain and lost motion due to the buildup of scar tissue.

Treatments of Muscle Spasm’s, Sprains and Strains

The treatments for all these injuries in the acute phase are very similar.  The key at the beginning of treatment is to reduce inflammation, which will increase range of motion and decrease pain. If you injure yourself in a sporting event or simply just at home working around the house, your first step should be to get ice on the area right away. The ice will help control pain and decrease swelling. The next step should be to see your doctor as soon as possible and get a proper diagnosis, which will determine your treatment plan. Once the appropriate diagnosis has been made, your doctor should give you recommendations as to when you can appropriately return to activity and how long treatment should last.

In addition to ice, another therapy we use at Mountain View Pain Center to reduce inflammation is to use an electric current called interferential. This electric current will push inflammation out of the joint and reduce pain. In addition to the electric currents we also use kinesio tape. Kinesio tape  can be worn for three days, including in the shower, so while you are in between treatments,  you have joint support, without reduction of range of motion- in which is often the case when normal athletic tape is used.

Once the inflammation and edema has been reduced, your doctor will usually begin rehabilitation or physical therapy for strengthening, and to reduce your chances for re-injury. In the case of a sprain vs. a spasm, the treatment should vary in the rehab stage.  A sprained area should not be stretched. Stretching will lengthen the already stretched and lengthened area, which just makes the injury worse. However, a spasm should be stretched, as the muscle is in constant contraction. Stretching will help lengthen the muscle and break the spasm. A strain and a sprain should have therapy exercises, which will strengthen the muscle and joint to resolve any muscle imbalance and prevent the reoccurrence of future injuries.

After the initial pain and inflammation phase it is important to continue with rehab or therapy to decrease the buildup of scar tissue in the affected muscles, ligaments, or joints. If the injury is left to heal on its own, then the body will lay down collagen or scar tissue to prevent from further injury. The problem with scar tissue is that it will reduce the range of motion of the muscle or joint, which can lead to further injury, or increase chances of early degeneration. At Mountain View Pain Center, we remove the scar tissue with muscle release techniques, as well as ultrasound.

A prompt examination will help your doctor provide the best care for your injury. How your doctor will reaches a diagnosis is heavily dependent on the history you provide, so make sure to explain how the injury occurred, in as much detail is possible, whether you feel it is pertinent or not.

Centennial CO Chiropractic office offers pain relief to patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractic is an effective and most importantly cost friendly way to not only relieve your symptoms of pain, but to also correct the problem so it does not return in the future. The Chiropractors at Mountain View Pain Center combine physical therapy and chiropractic with their state of the art equipment to not only correctly diagnose the issue, but form a treatment plan designed for lasting results. Our Chiropractor’s goals are to teach the patient the correct way to exercise, stretch, and care for themselves so they don’t need to relay on medication or constant temporary treatments in the future. We have been servicing the Denver, Centennial, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Littleton, and Lone Tree area for years with great success. Feel free to contact our office and speak with one of the doctors to see if this treatment is right for you.

Our Chiropractors

Our Chiropractors are trained to deal with all sorts of injuries from neck and back pain to plantar fasciitis. All of our chiropractors have a passion for treating sports injuries, being active athletes themselves they understand the drive our patients have to be able to perform at the highest levels and remain pain free. Chiropractic care will focus on maintaining the function and stability of each joint. If your doctor is able to maximize your body’s overall function, you will move with more ease and less pain. At Mountain View Pain Center we accept all insurance including Medicare and auto insurance.

Centennial Chiropractors | Concussion screening is a new and effective way to aid in the early and more accurate detect of concussions. At Mountain View Pain Center we are now offering a pre and post-concussion screenings for 50% off for all student athletes. The pre concussion screening with our state of the art technology the Biodex Concussion Management program, allows us to take a baseline level of each individual athlete.

Biodex Concussion Screening

This baseline gives us a map of the athlete’s sensory system. Research has shown that there is strong evidence demonstrating the impact of balance deficits of functional performance and increased risk of reinjury. In the case an athlete needs to return after an injury, the Biodex will give us a read out demonstrating their new scores versus their old, which gives your doctor a more accurate diagnosis of a concussion and gives us a timeline of when it is safe for your child to return. With two offices Centennial and Aurora we have a testing center close to you. Please feel free to contact us.

Chiropractic & Massage Special For $49!

Chiropractic & Massage

For a limited time Mountain View Pain Center is offering Chiropractic Exam, treatment and 1 Hr of massage therapy for $49.00!!!  Your new patient special will include:

-Initial Exam

-1st Treatment

-1 Hr Massage Therapy

If you have any questions please feel free to call. We accept all insurances and in most cases you will only be responsible for your co-pay.

So if you are having back pain, neck pain, headaches, or any extremity pain this is the time to act now. Come see our team and get a Chiropractic & Massage treatment today. This offer is for new patients only and it cannot be combined with any other offer. We have two offices located in Centennial, Littleton and Aurora please feel free to contact us. Centennial 303-221-1569 Aurora 303-645-4363 Littleton 303-948-0734

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